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Pricing strategies in generic medicines Generics/Research | Posted 01/10/2010

Eighty two per cent of countries impose pricing regulation while 18% opt for free market competition to control prices. Of the countries that regulate prices, 36% set the price of generic medicines...

Generics in The Netherlands Generics/General | Posted 01/10/2010

The market for generic medicines in The Netherlands ambulatory health care is developing, with more being used, more companies supplying generic medicines and prices tumbling. This is despite the r...

Pharmacovigilance legislation moves a step closer Policies & Legislation | Posted 24/09/2010

In the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg on 22 September 2010, Members of European Parliaments voted by a huge majority (559 to 7) to adopt new pharmacovigilance legislation. The...

Actavis plans entry to biosimilars market with Bioton agreement Pharma News | Posted 24/09/2010

In a press release on 7 September 2010, Icelandic generics’ manufacturer Actavis announced that it plans to enter into the field of biosimilars with an agreement with Polish biotechnology company,...

China set to give a big boost to biologics Policies & Legislation | Posted 24/09/2010

According to a report in a Chinese newspaper, China is planning to spend more than CNY 10 billion (US$1.5 billion) to support the development of new drugs between 2011 and 2016. Biotechnology was i...

Celgene and Natco in generic lenalidomide battle Generics/News | Posted 24/09/2010

Indian generics’ manufacturer Natco Pharma (Natco) has filed an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) with the FDA seeking approval to sell a generic version of Celgene Corporation’s (Celgene’s)...

Price cuts, legislation and reforms Policies & Legislation | Posted 24/09/2010

In an effort to reduce budgets governments across the globe are lining up price cuts in prescription medicines, new legislation to control medicine prices and reforms in the healthcare systems. The...

Approval of biosimilar epoetins: how similar are they? Biosimilars/Research | Posted 24/09/2010

A consensus has emerged that approval of biosimilars requires both biological and clinical evidence. The ‘comparability exercise’ requires consideration of a wide range of aspects, including analyt...